Canadiens vs Jets NHL Odds, Picks and Predictions June 2

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Updated: June 1, 2021

Many in the hockey world called the North the weakest division in the league in 2021, so it may be no coincidence that the third-place Winnipeg Jets will host the fourth-seed Montreal Canadiens in the division finals.

Oddsmakers have the Jets as -135 home NHL betting favorites with the total opening at 5.5 and hitting 5 on some books.

Here are our free picks and predictions for Canadiens vs. Jets for Wednesday, June 2 (7:30 p.m. ET).

Canadiens vs Jets game info

Location: Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, MB
Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV: CBC, NBCSN

Canadiens vs Jets odds

Odds via the Covers Line, an average comprised of odds from multiple sportsbooks.

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The line opened at Jets -115/Canadiens -105, with the total at 5.5. Check back later for a full report from Patrick!

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Canadiens vs Jets series odds

Canadiens: -102
Jets: -136

Canadiens vs Jets betting preview

Injuries

Canadiens: Jonathan Drouin F (Out), Tomas Tatar F (Questionable), Artturi Lehkonen F (Questionable). 
Jets: Bryan Little F (Out). 
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Betting trend to know

The Under is 21-5-4 in Canadiens’ last 30 playoff games as an underdog. Find more NHL betting trends for Canadiens vs. Jets.

Moneyline pick

The Montreal Canadiens won’t have much time to pat themselves on the back for defeating the North’s top-seeded team after trailing the series 3-1. The Habs are no strangers to playing without much rest, as they finished the season playing 21 games in 36 days. They didn’t fare too well over that stretch, but they also didn’t have playoff Carey Price.

Price stepped into Game 1 in the first round having played just four times since March 31 and finished the series with a .932 save percentage and a 2.24 GAA. Price was third in high-danger save percentage and is the perfect goalie for this Montreal system of success. 

The Habs scored first in five of the series’ seven games and had no problems relying on Price until an opportune time to stretch the ice and use their speed to create odd-man rushes. Even the power play got rolling near the end of the series with Toronto, finishing with a 3 for 5 mark in games six and seven after starting 0 for 14.

The Jets advanced to the second round after knocking off the league’s two highest scorers in Edmonton’s Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. They won’t have to worry about shutting down any specific Montreal line, but Winnipeg relies heavily on its top two lines (like the Leafs) and with Montreal’s Phillip Danault likely shadowing the Connor-Scheifele-Wheeler line, the Canadiens can easily force the Jets to be one-dimensional. 

It will be a very different matchup for the Jets, who spent most of their energy defending the Oilers’ best, but Montreal should take the same game plan they used against the Leafs into Round 2 versus Winnipeg. It may take a game or two for Winnipeg to adjust to the shift in its attack.

Another interesting point is how prepared the Jets are for Montreal. Last week, Winnipeg was probably already planning its series versus the Leafs. With Montreal shocking the hockey world, did it catch the Jets off guard perhaps? Winnipeg did take six of nine from the Habs this year, but Montreal went 1-1-2 in Manitoba this season. 

Montreal has the underdog strategy down to a tee and despite the obvious angle of it not being able to focus after its massive win and the Jets being rested, we feel this is a similar matchup for the Canadiens.

PREDICTION: Montreal ML (+115)

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Over/Under pick

Montreal finished the first round with a 2-5 O/U mark, with only one game going over six goals. The Habs finished with the lowest goals per game of all advancing teams, at 2.00, and their opposing goalie finished the series with a 1.81 GAA. Montreal is not running up the score and this is quite fine with them. They’re happy to play tight games.

Winnipeg is rolling out the reigning Vezina winner in Hellebuyck, who led all goalies in Round 1 with a 1.60 GAA and a .950 save percentage. 

The Connor-Scheifele-Wheeler line had six of the Jets’ 14 Round 1 goals and all three skaters finished the series as Winnipeg’s top scorers. Montreal’s Danault held the Rocket Richard winner (Auston Matthews) to just one goal through seven games, and should continue his shutdown ways in Round 2. 

If the Leafs and Habs can close at 5, this series could easily see the low total as well. Game 1 may offer one chance to get the Under at this price, because if we see another Montreal low-scoring game with great goaltending, we might be stuck with the tough call on hitting an Under on the low total of 5.

PREDICTION: Under 5.5 (-135)

Canadiens vs Jets betting card

  • Montreal ML (+115)
  • Under 5.5 (-135)

Picks made on 6/1/2021 at 6:35 p.m. ET

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